DÄ internationalArchive7/2020Positive Experiences With Piracetam
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Cognitive deficits after severe illnesses used to be called “unspecified organic or symptomatic mental disorder”. Cognitive deficits after intensive care are included in this definition. In my experience, an older but still very effective medication is piracetam. It facilitates the provision of oxygen and glucose to the brain cells. It can be administered orally (800–1200 mg) in the morning or at midday, or, initially, as an infusion (12 g) in the morning. If administered after 3 pm, it may cause disrupted sleep; (initial) overdosing may cause restlessness. Older women should be advised that piracetam may increase the libido—something that is often unwanted.

DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2020.0116a

Dr. med. Franz-Ulrich Beutner

Burgdorf

fub_bu@me.com

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Kohler J, Borchers F, Endres M, Weiss B, Spies C, Emmrich JV: Cognitive deficits following intensive care. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2019; 116: 627–34 VOLLTEXT
1.Kohler J, Borchers F, Endres M, Weiss B, Spies C, Emmrich JV: Cognitive deficits following intensive care. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2019; 116: 627–34 VOLLTEXT

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